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Celebrating Diwali downtown

The City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon is scheduled to host its second annual celebration of Diwali on Saturday.

“Diwali is India’s biggest and most important annual holiday – and thousands of San Ramon residents celebrate it,” officials from Sunset Development, owner and operator of City Center, said in an email. . “It’s a fun and special holiday event that means good triumphs over evil. It is similar to other holiday events and traditions in that it is rooted in the family and provides an opportunity to come together. reunite with those we love the most. “

Diwali is a five-day celebration rooted in Southeast Asian spiritual traditions such as Hinduism and Jainism. Also known as the “Festival of Lights”, the symbolism of light on dark is central to the tradition and is manifested in various celebrations and activities that are emblematic of it.

Tuesday marked the first day of vacation this year, with the downtown event falling on the last day, Saturday (November 6). The festivities will start at 2 p.m. with a Ragnoli artistic experience. At 4 p.m., DJ music, as well as bhindi and henna art will be available. The performers of Bollywood Dance Experience will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. and the event will end at 7 p.m.

“The City Center Bishop Ranch has always been designed as a welcoming cultural center,” Sunset Development officials said. “We are delighted to host Diwali and hope it becomes a memorable celebration and tradition for families across the region looking to connect with the community and spend time with loved ones.”

More information on celebrating Diwali downtown is available here.

Classical Music Corner

Acclaimed harpsichordist Jory Vinikour is scheduled to take the stage at the Village Theater in Danville on Friday, November 5, in the city’s first show of the Classical Music Corner series.

Vinikour will play selections by composers JS Bach, JS Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis Couperin, William Byrd and John Bull. His recording of Rameau’s complete works for harpsichord earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Recording in 2012.

The show is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Théâtre du Village in Danville. Tickets cost $ 20. More information and reservations are available here.

Online auction for education

The Rotary Club of San Ramon’s online auction for education began Monday and will run through November 9. .

Organizers hope to raise at least $ 60,000 from the auction and were 5% of that target Tuesday afternoon.

More information is available here.

New Civilian Discovery Commissioner

The Contra Costa County Superior Court announced on Monday that longtime civil lawyer Gina Dashman is the court’s new Civil Discovery Commissioner.

“This commissioner will hear all civil cases of discovery, except those falling under limited jurisdiction, family cases, probate and complex civil cases,” said the court.

Dashman will begin hearing discovery disputes filed from November 8, with civil discovery hearings scheduled for Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Martinez courthouse.

“Impressions of light” reception

Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists behind a new exhibition that opens at the Village Theater and Art Gallery on Saturday.

SRVUSD college students from schools such as Charlotte Wood, Diablo Vista, Iron Horse Los Cerrors, Pine Valley, Stone Valley, and Windemere Ranch are ready to see their hard work in learning the technique and history of French Impressionist artists come to fruition, as their work is unveiled at the opening reception on Saturday.

“Most people when they make art, they’re tight, they try to make it perfect, and that’s not about that,” said Tricia Grame, art professor at Pine Valley and the ‘one of the co-organizers of the exhibition. “It’s all about the emotions, it’s supposed to move you, good or bad.”

In addition to celebrating Impressionism and its influence on young artists showcasing their work, Charlotte Wood’s teacher Gary Leveque, who collaborated with Grame on the exhibition, said he was excited to celebrate the return of the exhibitions. art in person, after last year’s pandemic. stops.

“Two months ago from last year’s fiasco and launching an art exhibit downtown, it really feels good,” Leveque said.

“It really shows that we are determined as an educational community to come together and celebrate,” added Leveque.

The opening of “Impressions de lumière” is scheduled from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Théâtre du Village in Danville on Saturday, November 6. More information is available here.

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